On This Day

What Happened in December 1894

Historical Events

  • Dec 5 Georges Feydeaus' "L'hôtel du libre échange" premieres in Paris
  • Dec 9 Roman Catholics win Parliamentary election in Belgium
  • Dec 14 Day One 1st Test Cricket Aus v Eng Aust 5-346 (Giffen 161, Gregory 85)
  • Dec 14 Test cricket debut of future Australian captain Joe Darling, great all-rounder Ernie Jones and outstanding England batsman Archie MacLaren; England wins 1st Test in Sydney by 10 runs
  • Dec 15 Day 2 of first cricket test between Australia and England, Australia 586 runs (Gregory 201) England 3-130
  • Dec 17 Cricket day 3 1T Australia v Engand; England 325 all out, 261 behind on 1st innings
  • Dec 18 Day 4 of the 1st cricket test Australia v England, England following on 4-268, 7 in front
  • Dec 20 England beat Australia by 10 runs in the 1st six-day Test Cricket, Australia needed 177 to win, all out at 166 on 6th day

Historic Event

Dec 21 Mackenzie Bowell becomes the 5th Prime Minister of Canada

  • Dec 22 -23] Dutch coast hit by hurricane

Music History

Dec 22 Claude Debussy's first orchestral masterpiece "Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune" premieres in Paris

  • Dec 22 United States Golf Association forms in New York

Historic Event

Dec 22 French officer Alfred Dreyfus court-martialed for treason, triggers worldwide charges of anti-Semitism (Dreyfus later vindicated)

  • Dec 24 Scheveningse fishing boats destroyed by storm
  • Dec 25 1st midwestern football team to play on west coast, University of Chicago defeats Stanford 24-4 at Palo Alto, CA in football

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 2 Warren William [Krech], American actor (The Wolf Man, Cleopatra), born in Aitkin, Minnesota (d. 1948)
  • Dec 3 Bert Baston, American College Football Hall of Fame end (University of Minnesota), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • Dec 5 C. R. Swart, South African politician (1st State President of South Africa 1961-67), born in Winburg, Orange Free State (d. 1982)
  • Dec 8 James Thurber, American humorist (Men, Women & Dogs), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1961)
  • Dec 8 E. C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye), born in Chester, Illinois (d. 1938)
  • Dec 10 Earnest Haenchen, German new testament expert, born in Czarnków, Poland (d. 1975)
  • Dec 10 Gertrud Kolmar, German lyric poet and writer, born in Berlin (d. 1943)
  • Dec 14 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, Chilean-Spanish composer, born in Santiago de Chile, Chile (d. 1976)
  • Dec 17 Arthur Fiedler, American conductor (Boston Pops), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • Dec 17 Hans Henny Jahnn, writer
  • Dec 17 Hans [Henry] Kramers, Dutch theoretical physicist (quantum mechanics)
  • Dec 17 Willem Schermerhorn, Neth premier (1945-46)
  • Dec 17 David Butler, American director (April in Paris, Calamity Jane), born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 19 Ford C Frick, American Baseball HOF executive (NL President 1934-51; MLB Commissioner 1951-65), born in Wawaka, Indiana (d. 1978)
  • Dec 19 Paul Dessau, German composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova; Never Trust a Woman), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1979)
  • Dec 19 Yoshida Isoya, architect (modern sukiya style), born in Tokyo, Japan

Robert Menzies

Dec 20 Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (United Australia Party: 1939-41, Liberal: 1949-66) and its longest-serving, born in Jeparit, Victoria (d. 1978)

  • Dec 22 Mihail Andricu, Romanian pianist, composer, violinist, and music professor (Bucharest Conservatory, 1926-59), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 1974)
  • Dec 23 Arthur Gilligan, English cricketer (England captain in 1920's)
  • Dec 24 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot, born in Paris, France (d. 1917)
  • Dec 26 Antonio Molina, Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator (Ana Maria, Hatinggabi), born in Quiapo, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines (d. 1980)
  • Dec 26 Jean Toomer, American writer (d. 1967)
  • Dec 28 Andre de Meulemeester, Belgian WW I pilot (Eagle of Flanders)
  • Dec 28 Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)
  • Dec 31 Ernest John Moeran, English composer, born in London Borough of Hounslow, United Kingdom (d. 1950)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 3 Joseph Schadde, Flemish architect (Antwerp Stock exchange), dies at 76
  • Dec 5 Chief Gall, Sioux chief, commander at the Battle of Little Bighorn (b. 1840)
  • Dec 7 Ferdinand de Lesseps, French diplomat (built Suez Canal), dies at 89
  • Dec 8 Willem JF Nuyens, Dutch physician/RC historian, dies at 71
  • Dec 8 Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (b. 1821)
  • Dec 13 Sarah Parker Remond, African-American abolitionist, dies at 68
  • Dec 18 Erastus Flaval Beadle, American publisher (Beadle's Dime Novels), dies at 73
  • Dec 29 Christina Rossetti, English poet (Winter Rain, Passing Away) dies at 64
  • Dec 30 Amelia Jenks Bloomer, American reformer who campaigned for temperance and women’s rights, dies at 76
  • Dec 31 Thomas J Stieltjes, mathematician (Stieltjes-integral), dies at 38